My Thoughts on Concentrated Effort

When you concentrate all of your efforts into something and bring your focus into that one thing with extreme sharpness, over time it will manifest itself as success. Not all area’s our lives can be this way as there are certainly things in this world that are beyond our control, but these are the same things that we must simply release and manage the best we know how.

Personally my concentrated efforts have been focused on developing techniques to conquer Type II Diabetes. I have my ups and downs but admit that it is all part of the learning process, but overall I believe that I have moved in a positive direction although not quite ready to scream it from the roof tops. There is still much work to be done and facts to discover through trial and error.

There have been many other times in my life where I used the same technique of concentrated effort to get through and achieve something in which I wanted to succeed at. I remember placing all my efforts and time into studying to pass the amateur radio tech license test, or years ago my personal fitness trainer test along with so many others. And there were other times where I applied this technique to gain other achievements like overcoming debt. I would just take on a credit card balance and vow to destroy it and bring it down to zero, and nothing could stand in my way of making this happen. I have also used it to quit smoking and lose weight. During these times I can remember that not much else in my life existed and all of my time was dedicated to my cause.

Today at 54 I realize that in order to be able to retire completely and still manage to live an exciting life I must concentrate efforts towards finances. I still have another 12 years to work before I am ready to take that leap of faith, but I do understand that the efforts I make right now will have a huge outcome on the life I will lead during my retirement. I certainly wish that I would have learned these principles many years ago, but what sense does it make to look back at past mistakes. It will not change the present and will not improve the future. It is only now and the efforts I decide to make that will help me build all of the tools and resources I will need to achieve my goals. This of course is not just limited to money as staying in good health is certainly one of the area’s that I wish to acquire and maintain in my golden years.

I write these things to serve as both reminders and affirmations as to support the missions that I serve. It is only through these strong beliefs that I truly understand what it is that I am trying to acquire. What about you? Have there been times in your life where you applied concentrated effort? I am sure there have been. And are there area’s of your life where it may be necessary to use this technique once again?

Blood Sugar- 90, Weight- 175.2


Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Chicken, Green Beans
Dinner- Chicken Kabobs

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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9 Responses to My Thoughts on Concentrated Effort

  1. Maryanne says:

    This is an excellent post! I love to hear about people making conscious efforts to better themselves as so many people figure they are “stuck” and that’s that.

    I use “concentrated effort” when I’m struggling with depression. I do my best not to bring others down along with me and concentrate on how good my life is and that I should feel blessed. Those who struggle with this disease know that you can be in Disneyland and still feel sad. But when I focus on others and the good I can do for them, it takes the edge off. Luckily this only happens two or three days a month — and for one of the days I do allow myself to vent and sulk.

    • I sounds like you both understand it and are on top of it. That is awesome.

      • Maryanne says:

        You’ll appreciate this, Bill. I tried medications, but immediately had bad side effects. Of course the therapist and doctors couldn’t offer any positive solutions. So that’s when I started getting serious about juicing and good foods and got off the meds cold turkey (not something I would recommend, but it worked for me). That helped tremendously! I never looked back. Proof that natural living does wonders.

      • And yet another success story! This makes me very happy.

  2. newfit40 says:

    Good article. I associate it with a quote “whatever you focus on, will flourish.” It’s so true in almost any aspect of our lives.

  3. BookWriteHer says:

    Amen! I’ve been focusing on improving one key meal a day and it feels good to be so focused. And by the way Chicken kabobs? Who? What?! 😆😬😯

  4. jiminpanama says:

    Is there such a thing as simple living over 50? I am right where you are and functioning takes more effort than I think. Went to play a pickup game of baseball in my neighborhood the other day. I can’t hit, run, or throw like I think I can. Guess I need to tie more flies.

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